Prepping for Small Business Saturday


The crisp smell of fresh greens, the bite of cold wind, the twinkle of little white lights strung across doorways and shop windows – you know what season it is! Which means we hardly need to remind you that Small Business Saturday, the independent retailer’s biggest day of the year, is right around the corner. [Read more]

Gifts for Men: Four Trends to use this Holiday Season

Gifts for Men

In the always-changing gift industry, smart retailers know this means not just keeping up with what their customers want, but also keeping up with the latest trends. [Read more]

Valentine’s Day Planning


According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), nearly fifty-five percent of consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day, with total spending reaching a high of $19.7 billion dollars, up from $18.9 billion in 2015, and $17.3 billion in 2014. [Read more]

A Labor Day ‘Ode to Independents’

Ode to Independent Retailers

Determination, grit, strength, and a bulletproof work ethic define the American worker. [Read more]

Wooden Souvenirs Make Rocky Mountain Treasures’ World Go ‘Round

Rocky Mountain Treasures

Estes Park Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Treasures manufactures wooden discs in a variety of themes for souvenir stores nationwide. [Read more]

Celebrate With Good Wish Umbrella

Celebrate With Good Wish Umbrella

Lillian Campo had been to enough bridal and baby showers, and organized enough events through her catering business to know that there had to be a better way to create that funny hat people make from the bows on gifts they receive. [Read more]



The concept for the Sip-N-Oodle started in the backyard pool of Cameron Parker’s father, Chip. “I was a young kid at the time, and everyone was relaxing on noodles in the pool. I was splashing around and getting water in their drinks, and one friend said, “Wouldn’t it be great to design something that keeps the water from getting in there?” [Read more]

Solid Start to Holiday Shopping Season

holiday sales up NRF

November retail sales up 0.8 percent, seasonally adjusted from October, and up 4.4 percent, unadjusted year-over-year, NRF reports. [Read more]

U.S. Online Holiday Spending Surpasses $21 Billion in First 32 Days

comscore holiday eCommerce spending study

comScore says retail eCommerce spending in this period was up 14 percent from the same period last year. [Read more]

Small Luxury Goods Entice Shoppers [infographic]

luxury goods survey

Retailers can build loyalty by offering a strategic selection of smaller ticket items among their products. [Read more]